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French boy, 11, charged with attempted murder of pupil

French pupil, aged 11, charged with attempted murder after stabbing classmate who refused to give him money.

French boy, 11, charged with attempted murder of pupil
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An 11-year-old boy was charged on Thursday with attempted murder after stabbing and seriously injuring a classmate in the central city of Lyon, a source close to the case said.

The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, “admitted the facts” in court, the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The incident took place on Wednesday at the Anatole-France primary school in a poor, high crime area of the city.

The 11-year-old stabbed a 12-year-old in the stomach in front of their classmates, said a police source, adding that the victim had allegedly tried to extort money from him.

The child was temporarily placed with a foster family after being charged.

Under French law children between the ages of 10 and 13 can be held criminally responsible, but will not be imprisoned.

Instead they can be punished with a warning, be made subject to house arrest or forced to undergo compulsory civic training.

“These two students were not known for being violent. They dealt with matters among themselves and the only response was violence. That means the community failed and that makes me angry,” said communist local mayor Michele Picard.

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Hackers post French hospital patient data online

Hackers who crippled a French hospital and stole a trove of data last month have released personal records of patients online, officials have confirmed.

Hackers post French hospital patient data online

The cyberattackers demanded a multimillion dollar ransom from the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital near Paris a month ago, but the institution refused to pay.

The hospital said the hackers had now dumped medical scans and lab analyses along with the social security numbers of patients.

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the unspeakable disclosure of hacked data,” health minister François Braun tweeted on Sunday.

Hospitals around the world have been facing increasing attacks from ransomware groups, particularly since the pandemic stretched resources to breaking point.

The problem has been acute in France, where officials estimated early last year that healthcare institutions were facing on average an attack every week.

President Emmanuel Macron last year called the attacks during the pandemic a “crisis within a crisis” and announced an extra one billion euros for cybersecurity.

During last month’s attack, the Corbeil-Essonnes hospital shut down its emergency services and sent many patients to other institutions.

At one point, officials said the only technology still working was the telephone.

Rather than selling the trove of data, the hacker has dumped at least some of it for download on the “dark web” — a hidden part of the internet that requires special software to access.

Analysts said it seemed to be a tactic to put pressure on the hospital, even though public institutions are banned by French law from paying ransoms.

Cybersecurity researcher Damien Bancal, who revealed the leak and has seen the files, told AFP the worry is that other criminals will now launch scams with the data that has already been divulged.

In response to the leak on the weekend, the hospital severely restricted access to its systems and told patients to be extremely vigilant when receiving emails, text messages or phone calls.

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